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Jan 10, 2010 9:00am EST
to have -- that's part of the equation, and we have to have the karzai government show us that we -- it is going to truly reform. >> let's start with the karzai government, senator mccain. while you are there, president karzai is trying another time to get his cabinet approved. if he does not have faith that these people are not corrupt, if we can't get to that simple first step, how can we build institutions or repair roads and put them to work and educate them in afghanistan and build the confidence that trust the central government and not the taliban? >> they have a long way to go in the area of corruption. but the fact the parliament rejected his nominees, i think you can see a democratic process moving forward. president karzai recognizes what he just has been through was an important lesson to him. we have to keep pressing on the corruption issue. let me tell you two other things that concern me. first of all, i think we have the right strategy and the right resources and the right leadership. we went outside kandahar to an operating base where americans and afghan soldiers
CNN
Jan 10, 2010 1:00pm EST
karzai and his leadership to address this. >> what's your sense of that? have you seen any change in president's karzai steps? >> he's looking to ministers. he and i actually talked about this. his strategic intent is there. what struck me in meeting with these elders was the evolution of this corruption. so, it wasn't something that was always there. it's been over the last decade or so that they spoke to it. these same elders said to me that they were embarrassed that the united states soldier, sailors, airmen, marines were dying for them. they want to lead this effort. they appreciate what we've done, but they really want to lead this effort and this is something i know the president, president karzai is trying to engender in his leadership with his people. >> but what you talk about the leadership issue. you talked in the past about interviews about the critical need of good, local leadership. president karzai, by many accounts, is not moving forward in his second term. you know, his appointments to the cabinet were largely rejected by parliament and many on grounds that these
CNN
Jan 10, 2010 5:00pm EST
others have spoken to the need for president karzai and his leadership to address this. >> what's your sense of that? have you seen any change in president karzai's footsteps? >> initially -- he was -- looking to ministers and he and i actually talked about this in his strategic intent is there. what struck me in meeting with these elders was the evolution of this corruption. so it wasn't something that was always there. it has been over the last decade or so that they spoke to it. these same elders said to me that they were embarrassed, that the united states soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines were dieing and they want to lead this effort. they appreciate what we have done but they really want to lead this effort and this is something i know the president, president karzai, is trying to engender in his leadership with his people. >> you talk about the leadership issue and talked in the past and in interviews about the critical need of good local leadership. president karzai, by many accounts, is not moving forward in his second term. the -- his appointments to the cabinet were largely
CNN
Jan 10, 2010 12:00pm EST
to have the karzai government show us that we, that it is going to truly reform. >> well, let's start with the karzai government. senator mccain, while you were there, president karzai is trying another time to get his cabinet approved. if he cannot even get a cabinet approved and he does not have the faith of other people in their government that they're not corrupt. if we can't get to that simple first step, how can we build institutions and how can we repair roads and put people to work and educate them in afghanistan and build the confidence of the afghan people that trust your central government, not the taliban? >> well, they have a long way to go in the area of corruption, but the fact that the parliament rejected his nominees, i think you can look at a democratic process moving forward. i believe that president karzai recognizes that what he's just been through was an important lesson to him. we have to keep pressing on the corruption issue. but let me tell you two other things that concern me, first of all, i think we have the right strategy and the right resources and the ri
CNN
Jan 10, 2010 8:00pm EST
problem, and we have to have -- that's part of the equation, and we have to have the karzai government show us that we -- it is going to truly reform. >> let's start with the karzai government, senator mccain. while you are there, president karzai is trying another time to get his cabinet approved. if he cannot even get a cabinet approved, he does not have the faith of other people in his government that these people aren't corrupt, they know how to do the basics of good governance. if we can't get to that simple first step, how want we build institutions and build roads, put people to work and build confidence in the afghan people, trust your central government, not the taliban? >> they have a long way to go in the area of corruption. but the fact the parliament rejected his nominees, i think you could look at a democratic process moving forward. i believe president karzai recognizes that what he's just been through was an important lesson to him. we have to keep pressing on the corruption issue. let me tell you two other things that concern me. first of all, i think we have the right
CNN
Jan 31, 2010 4:00pm EST
. lay down your guns and accept afghan law. this latest appeal from president karzai is part of a program to get militants to abandon the growing afghan insurgency. karzai is making it clear his offer of reconciliation does not i can tend to al qaeda. >>> in neighboring pakistan, reports that the region's taliban leader is dead. there are questions whether he is dead or alive. an unnamed taliban source claims that he is alive and in hiding. u.s. officials want to know his status because massoud is linked to some of the taliban's deadliest attacks in pakistan and suicide attack in afghanistan that killed seven cia officials. >> reporter: the pakistani military investigating a report that taliban leader massoud was buried friday. the report appeared on pakistan's state-run immediate why. other pakistani immediate why outlets picked up on the story and reported it as well but senior government and military officials say they cannot verify the report. we spoke to pakistan's top militant spokesperson and said the military is investigating the matter in the tribal region and said b
CNN
Jan 2, 2010 2:00pm EST
of afghanistan, there is a big political setback for president hamid karzai. parliament rejected 70% of his choices for a new cabinet, including the only woman nominated. karzai's choices were seen as a first test of his quest to build a legitimate and accountable government. many of the nominees were criticized for having been picked for reasons other than their competency. >>> back in our nation's capital here, the senate republican leader strikes an optimistic note. mitch mcconnell saying he understands why show thors might be weary of the political infighting in the nation's capital, but says disagreements are indispensable to a healthy democracy. while the u.s. faces major challenges here, the minority leader predicts better days ahead. >> two long and difficult wars, a prolonged recession, double-digit unemployment, difficult days for our nation. in this new year, we are grateful for the courageous men and women of our own day who keep a lonely watch to defend the cause of liberty. we are also painfully aware of how many americans were out of work this christmas, but these challenges
CNN
Jan 18, 2010 1:00pm EST
to the afghan government and to america today. just as president karzai was swearing in new cabinet members, suicide bombers attacked downtown kabul. at least five people died, dozens were wounded. cnn's dan rivers was there. >> reporter: a pitched battle in the center of kabul, afghan forces fought for more than three hours with taliban insurgents holed up in several buildings. we've been listening to sustained gunfire coming from down the road. you can see in the distance there is a building on fire which we believe may be a market and we're being told that there are a number of taliban fighters who are attacking near the serena hotel right in the heart of kabul and a lot of gunfire and explosions going on. people in the center of kabul were running for their lives. women and children terriified and confused. some angry they hadn't seen any isaf troops. >> you can see all these afghan soldiers. there no one from foreign troops. counter insurgency, there's insurgents and there's the place that they should cooperate shoulder to shoulder with us. with the government of afghanistan. >> report
CNN
Jan 29, 2010 1:00am EST
president hamid karzai described his plan to reintegrate taliban fighters into a law-abiding society if they promise to renounce violence. the idea is to lure them back to civilian life with jobs and housing. karzai secured $140 million in pledges to fund this effort which was endorsed by secretary of state hillary clinton and others. >>> the senate today confirming ben bernanke for a second term as chairman of the federal reserve. by one of the smallest margins of all time. the vote 70-30. >>> the author of "catcher in the rye" j.d. salinger has died. the book was his only novel and sold more than 60 million copies since its publication back in 1951. salinger was well known as a recluse who shunned publicity. he was 91, anderson. >> sad news with that. >>> coming up, salesmen in chief. reaction to the state of the union address preaching to the base. did he win over independents? supreme showdown between justice alito and the president. a fascinating moment. what was behind the scowl, though? why the nasty look? we'll get an insider's briefing from jeffrey toobin who knows the supre
CNN
Jan 2, 2010 5:00pm EST
. >>> the afghan parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the new cabinet of president hamid karzai. 17 of 24 nominations were rejected by afghan lawmakers. the vote is a serious setback for karzai, coming on the heels of his controversial re-election as president. >>> somehow, some way, a suicide bomber managed to slip onto a u.s. base in afghanistan without being searched, killing seven cia officers. now a terror group is taking credit for wednesday's attack, praising a possible double agent. cnn's atea bowie is in kabul with the very latest. >> reporter: the question that remains is just how a suicide bomber was able to make it onto an american base in eastern afghanistan, detonate his vest and kill seven cia agents. american officials here in afghanistan still are not talking about just how he was able to do that. the taliban claiming that he was actually an afghan soldier, a soldier that they were able to convince to switch allegiances rather than fighting with the u.s. forces, fighting against the u.s. forces. and the taliban claimed that they will continue to infiltrate the afghan army
CNN
Jan 18, 2010 6:00am EST
attackers were killed. it started as 14 members of hamid karzai's cabinet were about to be sworn in. >>> and the man who shot pope john paul ii was released this morning, taken to a military facility. he served 19 years in an italian prison for a 1981 attack. he was extradited to turkey where he served ten years. >>> they lived through tuesday's earthquake. now hungry, thirsty and desperate, the people of haiti are doing whatever they can to survive. >> for tens of thousands of people, that means crowding into tents and tarps. soledad o'brien takes us inside one of these tent cities. >> reporter: there was enough water in one of the makeshift camps to give some of the children a shower. there was a little food. a makeshift clinic. they even picked up the garbage. but many of the tens of thousands of haitians displaced by the earthquake have no house to go back to, and no new place to go. they live beneath recovered sheets and blankets in the grass and concrete. these hot and dirty encampments that have sprung up in parks and plazas are now their homes. >> the people of haiti need th
CNN
Jan 31, 2010 8:00am EST
, if you can't beat them, buy them. karzai said that's what needs to be done, and they agreed, the u.s. included. pet peter bergin reports. the pakistani, taliban leader, as been taken out by another drone attacks. what do we know? >> the new leader of the pakistani taliban, he has been reported of being killed in the past and the reports have you turned out to be wrong. i think the reports need to be treated with a little skepticism. pakistani state television did report this. associated press said there was a funeral hold. i think the nature of this kind of report that we need to be careful. it's not 100% confirmed yet. if it's true, this guy was the leader of the pakistani taliban, a group that has killed hundreds of pakistani civilians, and army officers and policemen, and a brutal guy. >> and let's move on the idea if you can't beat them buy them. we are talking about millions and maybe a billion dollars or so going towards buying the loyalty of taliban fighters. this is not a new idea. something like this was tried in iraq. why is it different in afghanistan from what we saw in
CNN
Jan 31, 2010 2:00pm EST
-day afghan conference. what you met with president karzai in london. and you know that obviously britain has the second biggest fighting force there after the united states. what do you think about for instance, president obama's surge and then the idea of starting a withdrawal some 18 months later. >> well, let's start with the surge. i think we finally in afghanistan, we've got the right strategy. it's a strategy that recognizes that we were short of troops and boots on the ground and that needed to be increased and i would pay tribute to what the american people are doing in terms of putting those extra troops, particularly into the sides of the country where the british have done good work, but quite badly overstretched. that's making a huge difference. but alongside the military commitment, what's been necessary is more coordination of the civilian effort, of aid, and of political strategy so there's a prospect of this country running itself, providing its own security. and i think what we see now is those elements coming together. that is very good news. and i think we all now need to
CNN
Jan 3, 2010 2:00pm EST
accusations against president karzai's relatives, brothers, part of this drug trade. >> we are talking about two different subject matters here. certainly the minister in afghanistan is very weak. he has no ability to enforce the law. it is nothing. it is sort of a moral role. i guess that is what tom meant when he says it is ineffective. certainly he's very clear. i never had one single word against him in terms of him being involved. then there is a different element, which i brought up, the question of corruption. corruption in kabul. corruption in the provinces. corruption in the army. that's a different issue and i would consider it one of most dangerous ones and one of the most urgent to be dealt with. >> gretchen, last word to you. as this re-assessment of afghan policy goes on, as this crisis in governance in afghanistan is playing itself out, how is this going to help or hinder, more like likely, the effort to control the drugs? >> well, i think at the same time that the drug problem creates challenges. it also presents opportunities. my research among the people of afghanistan and
CNN
Jan 26, 2010 6:00am EST
actually bring peace? afghan president hamid karzai says that the u.s. and europe are warming up to the idea of talking with taliban fighters. the goal? convincing them to stop fighting and to rejoin afghan society. for more on this, let's bring in atia abawi, this has critics and p proponents. what's the latest? >> reporter: absolutely. this isn't anything new when it comes to the afghan government. president karzai himself has been pushing for it for the last several years. he has a reconciliation department where they've been reaching out to various members of the taliban and different insurgency groups throughout the country. i actually spoke to two former taliban fighters and government officials during the taliban regime, and they say the reason that they're coming to the side of the afghan government is because they want the fighting to stop. they want peace in afghanistan. but we also have to look back altogether last monday, the attacks that we saw here in the capital city, it was just going on for hours on end. gunfire, explosions, that was caused by the taliban. and th
CNN
Jan 27, 2010 6:00am EST
levin just returned from afghanistan. >> another thing to watch is whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration of those lower level taliban which will chip away at the power at the taliban and help support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> reporter: u.s. commanders acknowledge the need to bring at least some lower level taliban leaders into the political and social fabric of afghanistan. general stanley mcchrystal, the top military commander, when asked if the taliban could play a role in the future of afghanistan said, i think any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future and not the past. but reality remains harsh. u.s. troops continue their push into helmand province in the south. the next target? the marjah area, yet another taliban strong hold. and in north waziristan, bad new pz p the pakistani military has told the u.s. it's delayed further combat operations here. that will give unsurge ents more time to consolidate and possibly launch new attacks into afghanistan. u.s. military intelligence calculates the taliban
CNN
Jan 4, 2010 11:00am EST
nominees for president karzai's cabinet. one of them was the only female nominee. what does this say about the is stability of afghanistan? >> reporter: it could say two things right now. it could say one, that the afghan government were not obviously happy with president karzai's choices. many parliamentarians have said he basically chose people who helped him during the campaign that he made promises to so he could get the presidency again. another way of looking at this, it's democracy in action. here you have the parliament who are turning down president karzai's choices. we should mention two weeks earlier when i asked the president at a press conference why he didn't have more female choices, he had only had one in his list, he conceded that he knew the parliament would reject a lot of his choices and he told me he expects to have more and more females within this cabinet and women throughout the government. >> brooke. >> an tillal, thank you. >>> we will take an inside look at what is being called the world's newest, tallest building. first though, our random moment in 90 seconds. >
CNN
Jan 2, 2010 10:00am EST
barack obama, a push from president hamid karzai and all the na nato-led countries is to increase security forces so eventually they can take over the burden of protecting afghanistan. but the fear here is right now the taliban will take advantage of that and actually try to infiltrate. i was out with the ana recruiters just a couple weeks ago, and it really looked to be more about quantity than it was about quality. >> that would be a problem, atia, as you know. we understand the taliban, and meanwhile, has come out with a year-end statement. what are you hearing they're saying there? >> reporter: this is quite surprising. the taliban on their website also came out with a year-end 2009 statement saying that they're very happy and calling 2009 a very successful year when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their fighting on the front lines and their propaganda. well, they say their public relations with the media. and they also have a look ahead for 2010, and they say they'll start launching major military operations in april. that's no big surprise because that is consid
CNN
Jan 28, 2010 9:00am EST
of afghanistan. karzai asking for half a billion dollars to set up taliban fighters in homes, only if they promise to stop fighting. they are discussing troop levels for nato. >>> will he stay or go? wall street watching closely today. the vote on whether ben bernanke gets to keep his job. >>> your tax dollars at work and also at risk. we will look at the stimulus money. is it creating all sorts of opportunities for the wrong people? an exclusive report at the search for scammers. >>> all this week we have been tracking the tax dollars that make up the government stimulus program. some of the projects created jobs, and others merely raising eyebro eyebrows. >> reporter: kentucky construction magnet lawson on trial this week for bribing the official in the last decade to win big projects, but that did not stop the lawson family companies from winning $24 million in recovery act contracts. the company should have been suspended forbidding within stimulus work after 45 days after he was indicted. according to the department of transportation rule, even though he pleaded not guilty. bu
CNN
Jan 28, 2010 5:00pm EST
in afghanistan. president karzai today in fact said that he believes that the insurgents will definitely be invited to the peace talks, and what do you think about that idea? >> well, in general, jill, you don't make peace with the friends, but with your enemies. there are clear conditions. you must renounce violence, you must lay down your arms, you must renounce al qaeda, and you must be willing to live by the laws in the constitution of afghanistan. so, i think that this is the way that peace usually gets made. you send out feelers and see who is willing to lay down their arms and abide by the conditions. you see how far up that will go, and i don't expect mullah omar and others to come this way and they have made clear they won't, but there are others who will be seeing these astringent conditions as a formidable task. a >> and now to jill townsend who was a senior strategist to president bush, what do you feel of this? >> well, you want to peel off the foot soldiers who are in it because they are intimidated and the only way to protect the families yochlt wau tont pull them away fro
CNN
Jan 2, 2010 8:00am EST
's cabinet today and they're choosing which of president karzai's nominees will be part of the new government. several were members of last administration, which was hampered by allegations of widespread corruption. the nominees clinclude one woma to the post of minister of women's affairs. >>> the need for counterterrorism intelligence that may be behind a deadly bomb attack in eastern afghanistan. >> a couple of claims now of who is responsible for the attack that killed seven cia officers this week. it happened eight forward operating base with the border near pakistan. chris lawrence has more. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence official sell tels cnn the main purpose of a cia base is to recruit informants and that may have made it a target for retaliation. one of the prime suspects in the suicide bombing is a network based across the boarder in pakistan where the u.s. has increased its drone attacks. the group is aligned with the afghan taliban and al qaeda and have a strong presence. some reports say the bomber was recruited as potential informant but that doesn't explain the security failur
CNN
Jan 27, 2010 9:00am EST
day. >> another thing to watch is to whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration of those lower-level taliban which will chip away at the power of the taliban and help to support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> so, what are we really talking about, kyra? you're talking just like they did in iraq, about money, jobs, extending that economic olive branch, if you will, to some of the lower-level taliban fighters who the u.s. feels basically are in it to earn money. if you can give them jobs, if you can give economic development, maybe they'll stop fighting. but here's the wrinkle. what about the big guns? what about mullah omar, the leader of the taliban? is there some way to extend an olive branch to him, and would the u.s. even want to get involved with him? that's a major question and right now, of course, the taliban think they're doing pretty good in afghanistan, so the other question is whether they'd even want to come to the negotiating table. but this is what everybody will be looking for at this london meeting, kyra. >> so what
CNN
Jan 27, 2010 1:00pm EST
levin just returned from afghanistan. >> another thing to watch as to whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration for lower level taliban which will chip away at the power of the taliban and help to support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> reporter: u.s. commanders acknowledge the need to bring at least some lower level taliban leaders into the political and social fabric of afghanistan. general stanley mcchrystal the top mill care commander when asked if the taliban can play a role in the future of afghanistan said, i think that any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future and not the past. but, reality remains harsh. u.s. troops continue their push into helmand province in the south. the next target, the marjah area, which is another taliban stronghold. across the border in north w wasiristan, and that will give the taliban more time to consolidate and launch more attacks. u.s. military intelligence calculates that the taliban has shadow governments in 33 of 34 provinces, raising questions about whether they see a need
CNN
Jan 1, 2010 6:00am EST
barack obama, this is a push from president hamid karzai of afghanistan, and the nato-led can countries involved in the mission. the taliban say they will take advantage of that. joe? >> and we're also hearing about some type of a year-end message that was sent out by the taliban for 2009. what do they have to say in that? >> reporter: well, right now we're seeing a very confident taliban. the taliban have been confident for the past eight years, but this last year, 2009, their confidence has grown a lot. they had a year-end review in 2009 and a look-ahead for 2010, they're calling 2009 a very successful year. when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their military operations on the front line, as well as their public relations with the media. as for 2010, they're saying that they're going to launch major military operations come april. and that is the springtime, and obviously the beginning of what's known as the fighting season here in afghanistan. joe? >> atia abawi in kabul, thanks for that reporting. >>> and president obama is wishing the nation a happy new year, the presi
CNN
Jan 1, 2010 4:00pm EST
process when you take a look at the election in afghanistan, hamid karzai, which to a lot of people look like a joke and ahmadinejad's election as well, that there's going to be some real changes that people are going to be looking for. >> again, i go back to my biggest winner, hillary clinton, here, because, you know, if the world changes in iran, in a way we might like, this is also something she can use, particularly as a woman, because women have been so vocal against ahmadinejad in iran, i think this is the way that hillary clinton can flex her muscle. >> all right. happy new year to all of you. thank you very much. hope we'll all be winners this year. >> yes. >> all right. thanks again. >> thanks. >>> our cnn's jeanne moos has made us think and laugh with a year full of the most unusual reports. well, we've chosen our favorite. wait until you see what it is. host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: did the waltons take way too long to say goodnight? mom: g'night john boy. g'night mary ellen. mary ellen: g'night mama. g'night erin. elizabeth
CNN
Jan 18, 2010 5:00pm EST
at the same time president hamid karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. here's cnn's dan rivers. >> reporter: a pitch battle in the central of kabul. they fought for more than three hours with taliban insurgents who were holed up in several buildings. we've been listening to sustained gunfire coming from down the road. you can see in the distance there is a building on fire, which we believe may be a market. we're being told that there are a number of taliban fighters who are attacking near the serena hotel right in the heart of kabul. a lot of gunfire and explosions going on. people in the center of kabul were running for their lives. women and children terrified and confused. some angry they hadn't seen any ispa troops. >> you can see all these soldiers. countersrg si, there's insurgents and there's the place they should cooperate shoulder to shoulder with us. with the government of afghanistan. >> reporter: and it's still going on. >> still going on. you can hear. >> reporter: after three and a half hours, finally the afghan army appeared to have control. the fire brigade wer
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